Cardinals placed third baseman Matt Carpenter on the damaged list with a right footing on Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com was among those who would report. It is unclear how much time Carpenter will sit out, but at present, the infant Edmundo Sosa up from Triple-A Memphis to take his roster seat.
Carpenter injury continues a surprisingly dreadful season for the 33-year-olds who have just returned just after the All-Star break from a backbone that forced him to the shelf at the end of June. When Carpenter has been healthy enough to take the field in 2019, he has slashed an unappealing .215 / .321 / .372 (86 wRC +) with 10 home runs in 343 plates. It is a marked break from production. The cardinals have got used to getting from Carpenter, a .275 / .377 / .471
With Carpenter missed quite a long time, the cardinals have become a little used to distributing Tommy Edman and Yairo Munoz at the hot corner. The two will face the position again during Carpenter's latest IL stay, according to Rogers. Neither players have played much better (if at all) than Carpenter on a per-PA basis, but Edman and Munoz have combined for a moderate four walks of 161 trips to the plate. They will need to do better than what goes ahead for St. Louis, who joined Tuesday for the National League's second wildcard site and a manageable two back in the first place Cubs in NL Central.